Maurice Jarre


Maurice Jarre

Maurice Jarre (1924-2009) was a French composer and conductor. Although he composed several concert works, he is best known for his film scores, particularly Lawrence of Arabia. 

Life and Music

  • Maurice Jarre was in his teens when he fell in love with music. He then enrolled at the Conservatoire de Paris where he studied percussion, composition and harmony.
  • The first score that Jarre wrote was in 1950 for a production of Heinrich von Kleist's play, The Princess of Homburg. In 1951, filmmaker Georges Franju asked him to write the music for a 23 minute documentary called Hôtel des Invalides, Jarre's first composition for the silver screen.
  • In 1961, producer Sam Spiegel asked Jarre to compose a score for David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia for which Jarre won his first Oscar. His second collaboration with David Lean on Doctor Zhivago (1965) earned him another Oscar. He collaborated with Lean again on Ryan's Daughter (1970) and A Passage to India (1984) for which he received a third Academy Award.

Did you know?

Jarre became known for his prominent use of percussion and often integrated ethnic instruments in his orchestrations like cithara on Lawrence of Arabia.


Maurice Jarre Oscar Winning Composer Dies

Maurice Jarre - the award winning French composer of music for films including Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago has died.


Maurice Jarre- Witness Maurice Jarre: Witness

Maurice Jarre originally wrote this for synthesizers – because the Amish consider acoustic instruments otherworldly – but – then rearranged it for orchestra, as here.

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